The Drama of Atonement

British playwright Tom Stoppard, 85 years old and still working, has long been a hero to me. I would go so far as to declare him our finest living playwright. Leopoldstadt, his latest play, opened in London’s West End…

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Art and Luck

Last month The New Yorker magazine sent a decree throughout the land that my cartoon caption for its August 29 contest was one of three finalists. I guess the sheer brilliance of “Try using a different can” could not be…

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A Greek Gift

(from an essay first published October, 2017; photo of George Souvall by Bella Souvall) 

Youth who find themselves in challenging circumstances can sometimes catch a break. The fates drop into their path a gift in the guise of a good…

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Theatre-immersion in Edinburgh August 2022

I find myself at a high-water mark in my theatre life. My play Visiting Cezanne is now on as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest theatre festival. I have taken up residence in this lovely city for…

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Magic Realism Upends New Family Drama

The world premiere of my play Patrimony opens in Seattle May 5, 2022 for eight performances. If you’re in the neighborhood we’d love to see you at the theater.  

Patrimony, a new play whose secrets never seem to end…

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An Unsentimental Education


Having grown up in a large Mormon family, I can bear testimony (as a good Mormon might put it on a Sunday) that advising a teenager not to attend Brigham Young University because the socialist professors there will corrupt…

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